Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture

Exploring the Spirituality of Care for Creation

16 Oct 2023 Joy Connor, Wellspring

Exploring the Spirituality of Care for Creation

Listening to First Nations and Celtic Voices

Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture Barton ACT 20th October

There is currently a widespread yearning for a renewed relationship between spirituality and nature, inspired in part by the massive environmental challenges to our current way of life.

As Thomas Berry writes, "An absence of the sense of the sacred is the basic flaw in many of our efforts at ecologically or environmentally adjusting our human presence to the natural world. It has been said that 'we will not save what we do not love'.” Thomas Berry,  Foreword to When the Trees Say Nothing, Writings on Nature by Thomas Merton, 2014 ed.

As a contribution to this search for soul connection, the Wellspring Community of Australia and the Iona Community in Scotland are facilitating dialogues between First Nations people and the Leader of Iona Scotland around perspectives on Caring for Creation. The listening Pilgrimage Team will travel across Australia from Wadjemup (Rottnest Island ) to Meanjin(Brisbane) from 29 September to 1 November. The Pilgrimage members include Rev Ruth Harvey, Leader of the Iona Community, Church of Scotland minister,  a Quaker and recent co-Convener of the Citizens Climate Assembly in Scotland; Lisa Wriley, Co-leader of the Wellspring Community, Quaker and environmental activist; and Brooke Prentis, prominent Aboriginal Christian Leader.

On Friday 20th October,  from 1.30 to 3.30pm, a dialogue on the Spirituality of Care for  Creation will be held at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Barton. Rev Ruth Harvey Iona Community Leader will bring an eco-theology perspective from Scotland into conversation with Richie Allan, Sam Faulkner, Sally  Fitzgerald and Brooke Prentis presenting First Australian perspectives. There will be time for questions and input from the audience. Bookings are required at this link.

The topic will be:

"How can we draw on the spiritual and cultural traditions of all our peoples to help us care for Creation together, integrating care for humanity with care for the environment and nature around us."

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